Colleges That Change Lives

Changing Lives. One Student at a Time.

Clark University

"Clark is a major research university of small size, a place where a teenager can make things happen that he wants to happen, much as he can at a small liberal arts college. He will find a faculty concerned for his welfare, a faculty of the highest competence, and one that will set a high level of expectation, and care enough to see that he works to meet it."
-Colleges That Change Lives

  • The Clark University experience is distinguished by a transformative liberal arts education in a research university setting, purposeful engagement in local and world communities, and an inclusive environment in which active learning and personal connections are hallmarks.
  • Located in Worcester, Massachusetts (pop. 181,000), 40 miles west of Boston
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
  • Clark was the first school in the country to offer a five-year bachelor's and master's degree program with the fifth year free.
  • Clark's Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is the only center of its type in the world; Clark offers the only Ph.D. in Holocaust History in the country.
  • Clark has built five new buildings in the past nine years – the Traina Center for the Arts, the Dolan Field House, the Lasry Center for Bioscience, and Blackstone Hall, and John and Kay Basset Admissions Center.
  • Clark has been recognized by Rugg's Recommendations on Colleges as the #1 institution in the United States for undergraduate study in geography.
  • Clark now offers a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship. The minor can be combined with any major.
  • The Mosakowski Institute was created in 2006 by a gift of $10 million from William and Jan Mosakowski, both alumni of Clark. The Mosakowski Institute will support research on major issues of social concern.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
  • Close student-faculty relationships encourage independent student research.
  • 100% of the faculty teach undergraduate classes.
  • 32 majors, 31 minors, 10 concentrations
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C A M P U S   L I F E
  • 71% of all students live on campus.
  • NCAA Division III, NEWMAC Conference, with 17 varsity sports; 50% of students play varsity or intramural sports.
  • More than 150 student clubs and organizations
  • 53% of Clark students are involved in community service.
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
  • At Clark, we believe a student's investment in education should have lifelong and wide-ranging returns. Our educational model, Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP), enables students to translate their studies into remarkable careers and purposeful, accomplished lives.  
  • Clark graduates are engaged with the world and working to improve it. Our alumni are driving innovations in their fields, following their passions and leading lives of consequence and fulfillment. The most popular industries for Clark graduates are non-profit, finance and business, high tech, healthcare and communications. Recent employers include Bloomberg, Forbes Magazine, the Ministry of Spain, New York State Psychiatric Institute, the Peace Corps and Teach for America.
  • Approximately 40% of our alumni go on to graduate school – many of them in our Fifth-Year Free Accelerated BA/MA program, where they earn their graduate degree tuition free. Alumni who attend graduate school outside of Clark pursue everything from law and medical degrees to master’s in business, the sciences and humanities. Some of our most recent graduates are attending Harvard, Yale, the London School of Economics, Columbia and NYU among many other excellent graduate schools.
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
    • Average GPA: 3.66
    • Average SAT Critical Reading (Middle 50%): 560-680
    • Average SAT Math (Middle 50%): 570-680
    • Average ACT Composite (Middle 50%): 27-31
    • Clark is test optional. Read more about our policy.